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Front Page - Friday, March 2, 2018

Mayor, city employees help build house for co-worker, friend

City of Chattanooga’s chief of staff, Stacy Richardson, prepares the soil to lay down sod on McDonald’s lawn. Mayor Andy Berke can be seen in tbe background doing hard labor. - Photographs provided

Volunteers are a big part of what makes Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area successful. On Saturday, February 24, the volunteers were actually co-workers of future Habitat homeowner and City of Chattanooga employee Sidney McDonald.

Mayor Andy Berke and a dozen City of Chattanooga employees devoted their Saturday to placing the final touches on a home built for one of their own. McDonald has been employed with Chattanooga for the past three years. He is best known as City Hall’s official greeter.

“Sidney is a colleague, a friend and an outstanding public servant who helps many Chattanoogans in many ways throughout the year,” Berke said. “He does a wonderful job of taking care of City Hall – the people’s house – and my staff and I are honored to partner with Habitat for Humanity to make sure he’s got a great new home of his own.”

The construction of McDonald’s two-bedroom wheelchair accessible South Chattanooga home will be completed by the first week of March. Upon the home’s completion, he’ll become Habitat’s 277th homeowner.

The home was funded by Rivermont Presbyterian Church and the City of Chattanooga’s Department of Economic & Community Development.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area is currently accepting applications from families and individuals interested in becoming a Habitat homeowner.  To obtain a pre-qualifying questionnaire, visit www.habichatt.org or call (423) 756-0507 for more information.

Source: City of Chattanooga